Hal Sashti Vrat (Har Chhath Pujan) is observed mainly in North India. In 2016, Hal Sashti Vrat date is August 23.
It falls on Sixth day after Shravan Purnima (Raksha Bandhan festival), Shukla Paksha Sashti in Bhadrapad Month as per North Indian Hindi calendar.
Hal Sashti vrat is observed to celebrate the birthday of Lord Balarama, the elder brother of Lord Sri Krishna. Sometimes, Balarama is also referred to as an incarnation of Lord Vishnu (one of Sri Maha Vishnu’s ten incarnations – Dasavatara).
Hal Sashti is observed with various names: Har Chhath, Lalahi Sashti, Lala Chhath, Chandra Sashti in Rajasthan and Randhan Chhath in Gujarat…
In 2015, Hal Sashti Vrat date was September 3.
In 2014, Hal Sashti Vrat date was August 16.
In 2013, Hal Sashti Vrat date was August 26.